Best hotels and hostels in Russian Far East

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Vladivostok

    Izba Hostel

    It's quite a leap to believe you're in a 'traditional Russian hostel' given Izba's location in a thoroughly Soviet tower block, but the charming staff at this brand-new place make an impressive effort to help you. With lots of wood and matryoshka patterns throughout, there's a great kitchen, a comfortable common area and spotless bathrooms. The location is also excellent. The entrance is actually up a well-signed staircase on the ul Aleutskaya side of the building.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Sakha Republic & Magadan Region

    Lucky Hostel

    Magadan's shiny new hostel has a giant sign, meaning that you won't be tramping around for ages trying to find it, as is often the way. Dorms are spick and span and sleep between four and eight, while the one private room has its own bathroom. There's a good guest kitchen and a washing machine to boot – what more do you need? Arriving by bus from the airport, ask to be let off at tridtsat pyervy kvartal (трицать первый квартал).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Kamchatka

    Yelizovo B&B

    This charming option is located away from the centre of town (take bus 7 from Yelizovo's bus station to the magazin fiord stop), but it allows you to get a taste of daily life in a local community. Run by welcoming Alaskan Martha Madsen, the house offers four cozy rooms and the best breakfast in the Far East.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Khabarovsk

    Khabarovsk City Boutique Hotel

    Khabarovsk’s most foreigner-friendly hotel has large, attractive rooms adorned with black-and-white photos from a bygone era. Throw in gorgeous bathrooms with rain showers, luxurious white bedspreads, a full complement of mod cons and a great location, and it's clear this is an excellent pick.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Yakutsk

    Bed & Breakfast Bravo

    Bravo is a little tricky to find and is not marked at all from the street. But once you get here, you'll find several apartments stitched together to form a spotless guesthouse boasting modern rooms outfitted with large flat-screen TVs, big windows, desks and excellent mattresses. Go into the courtyard of 49 and turn right: the entrance is the second one. Ring buzzer number 64.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

    Nachalnik Kamchatki Mini Hotel

    A much-needed new midrange hotel, the 'Chief of Kamchatka' occupies a cute collection of buildings in the city centre, just a short stroll from the beach. Its nine rooms are well appointed and have folksy touches including a twin room designed as a Kamchatka-style wood cabin. The apartments on the top floor are excellent, with stylish bathrooms and city views.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Khabarovsk

    Hostel Valencia

    Named after the city where the owners lived for many years, this friendly eight-room guesthouse has bright, attractively designed rooms that are kept sparkling clean. All rooms share bathrooms and toilets, but there's no kitchen and breakfast is not served. It remains a good deal though – find it in the last building in the yard, 75m back from the road.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Khabarovsk

    Hotel Parus

    Part of a century-old brick building near the water, the 82-room Parus is definitely the smartest and most atmospheric top-end accommodation in Khabarovsk, with its chandeliers, iron staircase, riverside garden and reading room. Rooms are flouncy but sizeable and boast expensive Italian furniture and flat-screen TVs. Friendly, English-speaking service.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Sakhalin Island

    Hostel 65

    A well sign-posted Russian hostel – rivals, please take note – you'll find Hostel 65 centrally located on the ground floor of an apartment building. It has four sparkling-clean dorms, all with comfy wooden bunks and lockers, and there's a decent kitchen, a washing machine for guests to use and a friendly vibe, despite limited English.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Sakha Republic & Magadan Region

    Hotel Golden House

    The smartest option in town is this discreet but very warm and welcoming hotel on the 2nd floor of a business centre. It's not perfectly located, but the town centre is just a short walk away. Rooms are spacious, spotlessly clean and rather chic (if thoroughly beige), and there's a restaurant in the same building that serves all meals.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Esso

    Paramushir Tur

    The only real hotel in town, the Paramushir Tur has spotlessly clean, comfortable rooms, helpful staff and is set in rather cutesy grounds at the base of Pioneer Hill. There's a great pool, sauna and barbecue area popular with weekenders, and the poolside cabins sleep three people. Pricey wi-fi is available.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Eastern Trans-Siberian

    Hotel Bira

    Easily the pick of the hotels in Birobidzhan, the Bira is modern, with large and comfortable rooms that have fridges and safes as well as the more standard appliances. There's a sauna on-site as well as a billiards room, and the location is good.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Eastern Bam

    Biznestsentr

    Komsomolsk’s most modern business-oriented hotel has bright, comfortably furnished rooms with modern bathrooms (including space-shuttle-like shower capsules). English-speaking receptionists are on hand too.

  • Lodging in Vladivostok

    Optimum Hostel

    Set in a grand eight-storey 1930s building topped with statues and in a perfect central location, Optimum Hostel offers wood-floored dorm rooms, free laundry, English-speaking staff and a guest kitchen. Ring the 'Optimum' buzzer. Out of hours, go round the left to Barbados Hostel, in the same building, which is run by the same people and has a reception desk. Do note that Barbados Hostel only has dorms, while Optimum also has private rooms, although they all share bathrooms. There's no air-con in Barbados.

  • Lodging in Khabarovsk

    Kakadu Hostel

    This friendly and colourful hostel has pleasant male and female dorms, cosy private rooms, helpful staff and a clear sign visible from the main road (other Russian hostels, please take note!). There's a kitchen and communal lounge, free laundry and English is spoken. Get directions before setting out. From the airport take marshrukta 80 to the Volocvhayevskaya stop. From the train station take trams 1, 2 or 6 to the Ussuriyskaya stop.

  • Lodging in Vladivostok

    Azimut Hotel

    Formerly the Soviet-era Hotel Vladivostok, the Azimut group completely renovated this impressive hilltop property in 2015 and in doing so has led the charge to redevelop Vlad's rather unappealing beachfront. The vibe is sleek and stylish, with a fun approach to running a giant hotel. Highlights include an excellent restaurant, quiet rooms, professional staff and wonderful sea views.

  • Lodging in Yakutsk

    London Hostel

    Despite its truly garish exterior (think Big Ben and the London Eye emblazoned onto the walls in photographic wallpaper), Yakutsk's first real hostel is a great deal that offers exactly what the traveller needs: two eight-bed dorms, two private rooms, shared toilets and showers, and a decent communal kitchen and lounge. From Lenina take bus 1 or 6 to the Aviagruppa stop.

  • Lodging in Vladivostok

    Teplo

    Teplo brings a dash of style to Vlad's lodging options with a lounge-like lobby (with sofas and table football), and a white-brick corridor leading back to the small but appealing rooms. Each is equipped with TV, fridge and half bath (shower and sink only). There's free laundry and a guest kitchen, and the location on a quiet but central street is excellent.

  • Lodging in Sakhalin Island

    Pacific Plaza Sakhalin

    The Pacific Plaza is generally considered the top business hotel in town, and it's certainly the largest; an eight-floor green-and-grey blob of modernity with attractive carpeted rooms, lacquered wood furnishings and lots of creature comforts. There's good service, two eating spots (restaurant, lobby cafe) and a top-floor bar with a terrace open in summer.

  • Lodging in Sakhalin Island

    Rubin Hotel

    Aimed primarily at longer-term visitors, but perfectly viable for a night or two, this is one of Yuzhno’s most popular hotels. It looks like a polished Scandinavian motor inn – perfectly run, clean and welcoming. All rooms have kitchenettes, and include use of the gym and sauna. Breakfast is served in the popular Mishka Pub in the basement.